Thorsten Heins: Cantech Letter’s 2012 TSX Executive of the Year

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Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins is the 2012 Cantech Letter TSX Executive of the Year.

For the first ten months of his tenure, Heins endured more doubt and scrutiny and outright ridicule than any rookie CEO should have to suffer. Regardless, he plodded on as the delay of RIM’s new BlackBerry 10 platform seemed to stretch to an eternity. But now, with BlackBerry 10 just weeks away, critics seem to be understanding that Heins is no shrinking violet. Many analysts have recently reconsidered RIM’s prospects, and decided that the worst case scenario and the most likely scenario are further apart than they first thought.

Heins was chosen by a panel of equity analysts and the readers of Cantech Letter.

Cormark analyst Richard Tse says RIM’s platform transition remains an uphill battle, but RIM’s “surprising operational progress” has given it wiggle room between BlackBerry 7 and BlackBerry 10 that many critics didn’t think the company could spare.

Byron Capital’s Tom Astle had similar praise: “He still has a massive job in front of him, but already the big ship is starting to right itself under his navigation.”


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  • Ivan

    congratulations! You really deserve it

  • Grzegorz 

    Congratulations !!!

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  • Antoine Bapst

    Mister Heins, you might be inspirational for many CEO in the future.
    Congratulations, this is 100% deserved.

  • Garth Simpson

    As Antoinette said, Thorsten, you are an inspiration to us all…

  • BB10BelieveIt

    Congratulations Thorsten, unbelievable performance. I watched every one of your interviews from day one and continue to be amazed by what you are doing for RIM.

  • Ann-Louise Winter

    I join the others in congratulating you, Thorsten, for a job well done! You have done amazing things in the short time you’ve been in charge–you and your team deserve the kudos now coming your way. All the best for 2013 and beyond.

  • Anshuman

    Congratulations, you have made it half-way to the moon already (quiet literally 😉

  • Kimberly Cooley

    Congrats, Thor! We’re very fortunate to have you lead Team BlackBerry!

  • Lestat Du Lioncourt

    Why in the world does Heins deserve this? the bb10 has not been even released. This is the most useless prize ever.

  • Ewakil12

    Thanks Thorsten! You’re doing an excellent job at RIM!